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Related to approbate: Approbate and reprobate
to approve officially: approbate a legal matter
Not to be confused with:
reprobate – depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person: a drug-dealing reprobate
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tr.v. ap·pro·bat·ed, ap·pro·bat·ing, ap·pro·bates
To sanction officially; authorize.
[Middle English approbaten, from Latin approbāre, approbāt-, to approve; see approve.]
ap′pro·ba′tive, ap·pro′ba·to′ry (ə-prō′bə-tôr′ē) adj.
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1. (Law) Scots law to accept as valid
2. (Law) approbate and reprobate Scots law to accept part of a document and reject those parts unfavourable to one's interests
3. chiefly US to sanction officially
[C15: from Latin approbāre to approve, from probāre to test]
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v.t. -bat•ed, -bat•ing.
to approve; sanction.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin approbātus, past participle of approbāre to approve]
ap•pro•ba•to•ry (əˈproʊ bəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
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Past participle: approbated
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|Verb||1.||approbate - approve or sanction officially|
|2.||approbate - accept (documents) as valid |
accept - consider or hold as true; "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"; "accept an argument"
reprobate - reject (documents) as invalid
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